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Traveling women's film festival stops in Apex, benefits local non-profit

Posted June 5, 2013

Luna Fest, a women's film festival, will make a stop in Apex this month to raise money for the local non-profit Postpartum Education and Support and the Breast Cancer Fund.

The event, a great option for a moms' night out, features films by, for and about women and is held around the country. In Apex, it will take place at Cloer Family Vineyards at 6:30 p.m., June 15. The films start at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $25 depending on whether you'd like a water or soda or wine or beer.

The festival "highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers," a press release says. "The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers."

LUNA, the makers of the nutrition bar for women, started the traveling film festival in 2000. It's grown each year and now has more than 150 North American screenings each season (there actually was one in Chapel Hill this week that I just learned about). Organizers donate 100 percent of all net proceeds to charity.

So far, more than $1.5 million has been raised through the event, according to the festival's website. About $556,000 has been donated to the national Breast Cancer Fund. Another $1 million has gone to local charities. The Apex event will raise money for Postpartum Education and Support, a wonderful group that has helped local moms suffering from perinatal mood disorders such as postpartum depression.

The event also includes food, wine, beer, snacks and live music from local band Mollybond. There also is a silent auction to raise more money. Prizes include Miranda Lambert concert tickets, a $250 shopping spree at Athleta and many more items from other sponsors, Jen Kedrowski of Stroller Strides Raleigh tells me. Stroller Strides Raleigh is hosting the event. (LUNA also is a featured sponsor of Stroller Strides).

And this doesn't have to just be a moms' night out. Families are welcome too.

To buy tickets, click here. Follow the Facebook events page for more information.

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